March 24, 2006

All Female Air Force Refueling Tanker Crew in Afghanistan

Molokai Island Times The changes in the military move forward. Note that it doesn't say this was the 1st all-female crew, just the first such crew to fly over Afghanistan out of Ganci Air Base in Kyrgyzstan. Still pretty cool.

The 376th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, flew an ALL FEMALE KC-135 Stratotanker air refueling mission over Afghanistan on Jan. 31. Early on Jan. 31, a KC-135 Stratotanker took off from Ganci Air Base, Kyrgyzstan, carrying more than 180,000 pounds of fuel and an all-female crew-both pilots, a navigator and a boom operator. The event marked the first all-female crew to fly an air refueling mission into Afghanistan from Ganci. Capt. Heather, and the boom operator, Senior Airman Lyndi, are all assigned to the 99th Air Refueling Squadron at Robins Air Force Base, Ga. They have been deployed here since Dec. 9
[Hat tip Tammy Bruce]

Posted by Zendo Deb at March 24, 2006 11:52 PM | TrackBack

Well...I guess it's OK, as long as they don't try to parallel park it :)

Posted by: Joatmoaf at March 25, 2006 02:22 AM

What an idiotic thing to say... especially from an AF person.

Are you still living in the stone age, Mr. "I Love Jet Noise?" Or I suppose you only love the noise when men are flying.

I am really sorry that the 21st century came along and spoiled the all-boys club you fellas had. Get over it.

You can still put up a "no girls allowed" sign on you secret club house and you and all of the other neanderthals can have a circle jerk.

Posted by: Zendo Deb at March 25, 2006 06:37 AM

A few things. First, look at the little sideways smiley face that implies the statement is a joke.

Second, Navy not Air Force (and civilian at that)

And third, the reason that statement is funny to me but probably not to you, is because about 8 years ago we had a C-130 pass through here on its way elsewhere.

If these aircraft are coming from overseas or south America, then the crew normally stays here for the night.

This particular aircraft had a female pilot and as she was taxying from the tarmac to runway 1-3 for takeoff she hit a truck.

Not a little truck but a big work type utility van that is visablly apparent to anyone within a mile of it.
Anyone but her apparently. No one could understand how she could NOT see something so obvious. It even had the #57 on the sides and top in 2 foot tall numbers, visable anywhere on the airfield.

She didn't just bump it or scratch the 130, no, she did it right!
Ripped a huge hole under the starboard wing causing the fuel to spill all over the place.

I still can't understand how she could not see the big truck that was right in front of her before she started taxying. Nobody can.

When I saw your all female crew post, as unusual as it was ( an all female crew IS unusual ) the first thing that popped into my head was the pilot who hit the truck and I busted up laughing.

Don't hate me 'cause I'm beautiful, but when taken into context with the story I just wrote, my "parallel parking" joke IS funny.

No disrespect to the women in your post (or elsewhere)

Posted by: Joatmoaf at March 25, 2006 11:53 AM

Your parallel parking joke - taken by itself - is stupid. You may think its funny. I don't.

Posted by: Zendo Deb at March 25, 2006 05:34 PM

And I'm sorry, but it is disrespectful from start to finish.

Posted by: Zendo Deb at March 25, 2006 05:36 PM

The joke has the potential to be very funny, but the presentation rather lets it down.

I have yet to hear any aircraft story funnier than the gimli glider.

Posted by: Suricou Raven at March 26, 2006 03:19 PM